A survey conducted ahead of the Broadband World Forum has found 69% reporting positive growth in the industry with 19% claiming business had “rocketed” over the past 12 months.
The accompanying report examines data from 950 respondents, representing 491 companies from 95 countries. Network operators, consisting of fixed, converged, mobile, cable and satellite, made up 51% of the data analysed, with the remaining made up of vendors (23%), Broadcasters (7%) and other (19%) to find out business priorities, investment goals and industry pain points.
Broadband World Forum Digital Content Lead Niall Hunt said: “The combination of survey and audience data paints a great picture of the broadband market. Despite the apparent disruption, the market is robust. In an environment where high investment in networks, as we push towards the gigabit society and 5G, as well as the increasingly fickle nature of customers, operators across the globe are painting a rosy picture.”
Globally, operators are focused on Next-Generation networks (24% of respondents) and Access Technology (18%). In Europe, more respondents are focused on Access Technology (30%) than the global average, reflecting the need to overhaul or get more out of legacy networks. A third of Africa registrants show an interest in Next-Generation networks (30%)
Most cable operators noted an improvement in outcomes over the past year but are heavily concentrated on upgrading legacy infrastructure as they look to evolve to a converged multi-offering operator